God Loves You Even On Your Bad Days

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Have you had a bad day. . .or maybe even a bad day or two or three this past week?

Do you feel like nothing is going right?

Are things that you thought not manifesting as you had planned them?

Are other people raining on your parade or plans?

Are you taking your lack of success (financial or otherwise) personally?

Does it feel like nobody cares about what’s happening in your life?

If you get nothing else from what we’re going to say in this teaching. . .let this next sentence get deep down in your mind and in your spirit.

God loves you even on your bad days.

Let me say that again.

God loves you even on your bad days.

This may come as a surprise to you. . .but bad days can come on the same day as great days.

If you doubt that statement . . . just ask Elijah.

Let’s look at how Elijah began his great day.

1.         Always be available for important assignments.

Three years earlier, God had chosen Elijah to give King Ahab a prophetic word about the future.

1 Kings 17:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Elijah the Tishbite, of the temporary residents of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, before Whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years but according to My word.”

As you might imagine this prophecy didn’t make Elijah too popular around the palace.

1 Kings 17:2 in the Message Bible says:

“God then told Elijah, “Get out of here, and fast.”

Now in 1 Kings 18:1. . .God chooses Elijah once again for an important assignment.

After many days, the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.”

God chose Elijah to bring the news to King Ahab about the beginning of the drought and know He’s choosing him again. . .to tell the King that the drought will end.

Here’s an absolute fact. . .if you’re drawing breath on planet earth. . .God has an assignment for you. 

Isaiah 55:11 in the Message Bible says:

“So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They'll do the work I sent them to do, they'll complete the assignment I gave them.”

How do you find your assignment?  Spend time with the One who makes your assignment.

2.         Never allow fear to hinder you from your assignment.

As Elijah began his journey he ran into Obadiah, the Governor of King Ahab’s house, who loved God. . .and at great risk had protected 100 of God’s prophets when Queen Jezebel had ordered they all be killed.  So Obadiah wasn’t timid about doing what was right.

However, he was about to have a moment.

1 Kings 18:7-9 in the Amplified Bible says:

“As Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. He recognized him and fell on his face and said, Are you my lord Elijah?

8 He answered him, It is I. Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

9 And he said, What sin have I committed, that you would deliver your servant into the hands of Ahab to be slain?”

As you read chapter 18 you will notice that Obadiah began to make excuses as to why he shouldn’t be asked to tell the King the words that Elijah spoke.

After Obadiah would plead his case to be spared from this assignment. . .Elijah would say the same thing to him in 1 Kings 18:8, 11 and 14.

“Go tell your lord, Behold, Elijah is here.”

There will be times when God gives you an assignment that might make you uneasy or perhaps fearful. . .but you gotta know God will never let you down nor forsake you.

God has not given us a spirit of fear.  2 Timothy 1:7 in the Amplified Bible says:

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

If God directs you to perform a specific assignment. . .you gotta know He will protect you.

3.         Speak the truth even when it may not make you popular.

When Elijah told King Ahab the drought was about to end. . .the King blamed the prophet for the drought occurring in the first place.

1 Kings 18:18 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Elijah replied, I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, by forsaking the commandments of the Lord and by following the Baals.”

In life. . .there may be times when you’re directed to offer a word of correction to a friend or family member.

Make sure you following God’s direction and not some aggravation of the flesh.  But understanding how to receive correction.

Proverbs 19:20 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.”

A failure to receive correction brings unfortunate and unwanted consequences.

Proverbs 13:18 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Poverty and shame come to him who refuses instruction and correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.”

There are defining moments in our lives when God uses a man or woman under His influence to speak a Word into our lives. . .we need to listen to what they have to say. . .regardless of how seemingly ridiculous it may seem. . .and especially if it’s a word of correction.

And it’s important to remember. . .that you might me that man or woman God desires to use. . .so no fear.

4.         Boldly believe God will do what He says He will do.

I’ve always loved the story of Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal.  I remember my mother reading it to me as a boy.

I think the reason I liked the story so much was that the good guys won and the bad guys lost.  As a child I could imagine it all in my mind’s eye.

As you recall King Ahab followed his wife Jezebel into evil.  They led the people of Israel into worshipping Baal and the other prophets who ate at the Queen’s table.

Elijah, the prophet showed up in town much to the King and Queen’s regret and he challenged these prophets to a showdown at the Mount Carmel.

Elijah and the prophets of Baal were going to have a barbecue cook-off with some pretty high stakes.

1 Kings 18:20-21 says:

“So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel.  Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.”

Elijah even gave the prophets of Baal the choice of sacrificial bulls and let them go first.

1 Kings 18:22-24 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the Lord who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets. Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.”

Seems like a pretty straightforward challenge . . . you know, the kind you might find on the newest rendition of a the TV show “Survivors:  Heroes and Villains.”

The prophets of Baal did their best to get Baal to live up to his end of the bargain . . . but to no avail.

1 Kings 18:26 says:

“So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noontime, shouting, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no reply of any kind. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made.”

I really love this next part of the story.

1 Kings 18:27 in the Message Bible says:

“By noon, Elijah had started making fun of them, taunting, "Call a little louder—he is a god, after all. Maybe he's off meditating somewhere or other, or maybe he's gotten involved in a project, or maybe he's on vacation. You don't suppose he's overslept, do you, and needs to be waked up?"

In his comments. . .not only is Elijah having fun but he is also pointing out  that Baal wasn’t a real god or else he didn’t care about the prayers of his people.

You know the rest of the story. . .the prophets of Baal failed and God showed up and showed off His mighty power. . .the prophets of Baal were slain by the sword … all 450 of them.

When the people needed a sign. . .a miracle. . .the direct intervention of God into their daily lives. . .He was not late. . .He was on time. . .and He definitely wasn’t weak.

God manifested His power even though His children had been foolish and drifted into idol worship.   Without question, He showed Himself strong on behalf of His power to be their God.  They were convinced

Now here’s what we need to know. . .you may not be doing battle with the prophets of Baal. . .but on a daily basis. . .many of you encounter and deal with folks who don’t know Jesus as the Lord of their lives.

God will show up and show off for you. . .just as He did for Elijah.  However, the miracle that’s never prayed for will never be manifested.

5.         God will allow you to see things others won’t.

After the showdown at Mount Carmel. . .Elijah gave King Ahab and instruction.

1 Kings 18:41-42 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And Elijah said to Ahab, Go up, eat and drink, for there is the sound of abundance of rain.  42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees.”

Elijah told his servant to go look for the rain.

1 Kings 18:43 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times.”

There will be times in your life. . .when something you expected to happen or even God said will happen. . .hasn’t happened. . .yet.

Do you become discouraged because you haven’t received that promotion or raise even though. . .you felt God said you’d get it?

Have circumstances changed to where it appears your promise from the Word will never come to pass?

Do you feel hopeless about the job you’ve wanted. . .ever manifesting?

We must learn to stick to the promises of God regardless of what we see or how things appear to be.

Genesis 28:13 in the Message Bible which says:

”Then God was right before him, saying, "I am God, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. . . All the families of the Earth will bless themselves in you and your descendants. Yes. I'll stay with you, I'll protect you wherever you go, and I'll bring you back to this very ground. I'll stick with you until I've done everything I promised you."

Jeremiah 1:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“[Stand Up and Say Your Piece ] God's Message came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?" I said, "A walking stick—that's all." And God said, "Good eyes! I'm sticking with you. I'll make every word I give you come true."

If you stick with God good things are going to happen…..

Now let’s look at 1 Kings 18:43 in the Amplified Bible one more and focus on the last sentence which says:

“And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up and looked and said, There is nothing. Elijah said, Go again seven times.”

Never give up. . .on what the Word of God says to be true.

Also, never let what your eyes see determine what your heart believes.

6.         God will strengthen you run the race He sets before you.

It’s always good to heed the Word of the Lord. . .from his prophets unless you want to get stuck in the mud.

1 Kings 18:44-45 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And at the seventh time the servant said, A cloud as small as a man’s hand is arising out of the sea. And Elijah said, Go up, say to Ahab, Hitch your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.

In a little while, the heavens were black with wind-swept clouds, and there was a great rain. And Ahab went to Jezreel.”

As the clouds begin to appear King Ahab heeds the words of Elijah and takes off so his chariots won’t get stuck in the mud.

If we read our Bible. . .do what it says. . .we will keep from being stuck in the mud of mediocrity and failure.

There are times when we need to listen to our spouses.

I can tell you from personal experience there have been times in my life where. . .if I had heeded the words of my fine wife Bev. . .I would have avoided being stuck in the mud of life.

Before making a decision. . .read the Word. . .seek the Lord. . .listen to Godly counsel and if you’re married. . .make sure your spouse is in agreement.  After all, you are one flesh.

However, less I digress. . .let’s get back to how God will strengthen you run the race He  sets before you.

1 Kings 18:46 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then the Lord gave special strength to Elijah. He tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab’s chariot all the way to the entrance of Jezreel.”

Now let’s get a picture of this. . .the King and his entourage have already taken off in their chariots. . .generally pulled by at least two horses.

The Amplified Bible translation of 1 Kings 18:46 says:

“The hand of the Lord was on Elijah. He girded up his loins and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel [nearly twenty miles].”

But yet, the man of God endued with the power of God beat them to the city.

One translation says that the Lord gave Elijah special strength and another says the hand of the Lord was on him.

When you begin running the race. . .regardless of the obstacles, adversities or seemingly impossible circumstances. . .you’ve got to know the hand of the Lord is on you.

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 in the Message Bible says:

“It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.”

There will be times when you need the Holy Spirit putting steel in your convictions.

7.         God believes in you. . .even when you don’t.

1 Kings 19:1-4 in the New Living Translation says:

“When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. 2 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”

3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there.

Now consider this. . .in one amazing day.

Elijah confronted the King. . .killed 450 prophets of Baal. . .foretold the rain returning and outran the king’s chariots in a distance of nearly 20 miles.

Talk about a day of miracles. . .but yet one word from an evil Queen sent him packing.

I can assure you. . .there have been or are moments in your life when you’ve experienced success only to be attacked by the enemy.

These attacks are designed to take our focus off of God and put them where they don’t belong.

No doubt Elijah was praising God all the way to Jezreel. . .I mean what else would he be doing on a twenty mile run.

Truthfully, he probably even waved at the King as he passed him by.

Truly, Elijah had been a part of one of the most miraculous days in Israel’s history.

But yet. . .

1 Kings 19:4 in the New Living Translation says:

Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

Elijah was clearly disappointed in himself.

Disappointment enters our lives when our perception of what’s happening.. .falls short of our expectation.  But the very good news is that God is never disappointed in us. . .because He already knows everything about us. . .including how we will act and react.

Even when we get down on ourselves. . .God will never stop believing in us.

God does not see things the way we see them. . .His vision of what is and what is to be is clearly different than ours.

Our Heavenly Father knows that we will make mistakes. . .that we will miss it from time to time. . .but God still loves us whether we’re under a broom tree or running to Jezreel.  He’s with us whether we’re celebrating or victories or agonizing over our disappointments.

God loves us even on our bad days.

1 Kings 19:15-16 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi[b] to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abel-meholah to replace you as my prophet.”

Bottom line. . .God is not through with you yet.

After thirty minutes after I finished writing this teaching. . .the Lord stirred me to write down the following message and speak it for all to hear.

“Tell my children to stop looking at their future with a finite mind.  My plans for them are infinity better than they can even think or imagine.  Trust me.  Tell them. . .to just. . .trust me. . .even on their bad days. Even when they’re filled with doubt and frustration.  Trust me.”